Adam Hoole of Team East Lothian was crowned U17 Decathlon Champion at the English Athletics Combined Events Championships in Manchester held on the weekend of 3rd and 4thAugust 2019.
There was delight for Adam Hoole, from Musselburgh, in the U17 Men’s Decathlon as he took home the championship title with a total points score and personal best of 5,504 points.
On the first day of the U17 men’s decathlon, Hoole made an excellent start with wins and personal best scores in the 100m sprint of 11.35s, followed by the long jump 6.47m, both of which took him into the lead in the field of 15 athletes. He then extended his lead with a solid performance in the shot put and another personal best in the high jump of 1.76m. However, the last event of the day was the 400m, where a huge effort by the English favourite, George Asprey (Aldershot Farnham & District), meant that Hoole finished the day in 2nd position by a slender margin of 16 points.
Sprint specialist Hoole began the second day by hurdling his way to another personal best and winning time of 13.73s to retake the lead. However, Asprey countered this with an excellent discus throw of 35.45m. Unfortunately after this event, Asprey had to retire due to injury, which left the door wide open for athletes Sam Coupland (Southport Waterloo); Kyle MacAulay (Victoria Park Glasgow) and Hoole to battle it out for the medal positions.
Hoole then re-established his lead with a decent performance in the pole vault and the second highest ranking throw in the javelin. Going into the final event, the brutal 1500m race, the points between the three main challengers were very close, but Hoole managed to hold onto his position and finish 181 points clear of silver medallist and fellow Scot, Kyle McAulay, while England’s Sam Coupland took home the bronze.
Hoole says, “I enjoyed every moment of it, but I couldn’t have done it all without the support of all my coaches and the other decathletes. Their encouragement and willingness to help out is unparalleled and is a massive part of my success.”